Sceptics and boycotters will have to
think again after Tonga’s 14-6 defeat of the British Lions tonight.
Tonga scored first and reached half time with a 12 point lead.
However, it was a nail biting finish as the British Lions finally woke
up and began scoring as the game came to an end.
In the second half the British side coming back as hard as they could to
score six points.
Despite winning an extra two points, Tonga did not play entirely as well
in the second half as in the first, with commentators noticing some missed
opportunities before they found their form again.
At times it seemed the score might have been closer than it was, with
the British being turned back only three metres from the Tongan line in the 76th
The British kept hammering away until the end, but in the last minutes
of the game Tonga intercepted and grounded the ball as the British kicked it
Michael Jennings scored Tonga’s first try and set up the second after
Siosiua Taukeiaho’s converted from the sideline to give the 12-0 lead at
He added two more points with a penalty conversion in the second half.
Ahead of tonight’s game, Jason Taumalolo had been confident his team would
win, despite the upheavals surrounding the team.
As Kaniva news reported
earlier today, public support for the team was down on previous games, with
some people calling for the Invitational XIII to be boycotted because they weren’t the Mate Ma’a
Tonga or even a ‘real’ Tongan team.
Tonight’s performance in a hard, tight fought game should put those
claims to rest once and for all.
Tonga will face off against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on
The main points
- Sceptics and boycotters will have to think again after
Tonga’s 14-6 defeat of the British Lions tonight.
- Tonga struck early and hard and ended the first half
with a 12 point lead.
For more information
Invitational v Great Britain: Lions to make history
Tonga International XIII vs Great Britain Rugby
Jason Taumalolo confident Tonga can beat dramas
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